Emergency and school closure information is posted to the local media via the FlashAlert system (see the window below). In the event that school is closed or delayed due to inclement weather, the district’s emergency notification system will call parents at their home number around 6:00 a.m. to announce late start or closure information. If snow routes are in effect, the message will indicate so. Emails and text messages are sent as well.
If no announcement is made, bus routes and pickups will run as usual. Parents are asked to refrain from calling the district office or schools as high call volumes can shut down the phone system.
Inclement Weather Two-Hour Delay Additional Info – February 10, 2021 Update
It seems there is a possibility of freezing weather in the coming days. We have been adding small group instruction across the district at different times in the day which presents some scheduling challenges in the event of inclement weather. If we need to delay or close schools due to inclement weather, these are our current guidelines. As we add more in-person learning experiences we will continue to update you.
- All learning will be delayed 2 hours whether a student is in-person or remote learning.
- Grades K, 1, 2, and 3 will continue their scheduled in-person cohort day, delayed 2 hours.
- All other small-group, on-site sessions will be canceled for the day including 6th grade.
- JWR, ZAC, HLC childcare will open at 9:00 AM.
- There will be no AM preschool.
- If there is a school closure, we will close facilities, cancel all services, and add up to three inclement weather make-up dates as noted in our calendar.
- Should we experience a significant weather event and have two consecutive closure days with the possibility of more, we will begin full remote learning on the third day and communicate accordingly.
- There will be no Cascadia Tech a.m. bus service. If Evergreen School District is operating on time, Cascadia Tech will be on time as well.
- There will be no zero period classes.
Inclement Weather: Open, Late, or Closed?
On a morning when the threat of hazardous conditions may exist, district staff members begin driving bus routes around 4:00 a.m. to examine road conditions. We consider weather-related situations that students and staff will face as well as the forecast for later in the day. We also monitor the road conditions through our county’s web site. Our school district covers a large region with remote areas and steep terrain in places. While roads may be passable in town, conditions may be very different just a few miles away—in fact, the elevation within the district boundaries varies from 50 to 2,000+ feet. Before we close schools or delay start times, we seek answers to the questions below:
- Can we ensure that buses are able to navigate the streets safely?
- Will students be safe waiting for buses, driving, or walking to school?
- What are the predicted weather conditions later in the school day so we can also ensure students a safe return home?
- If we start school late (e.g., two-hour late start), will road conditions be substantially improved?
Once the information is gathered, the superintendent makes the decision whether or not to close or delay school. When the decision to close schools or delay the start times is made, we inform parents, students, and staff. Emergency and school closure information is communicated to the local media via the FlashAlert system, and the district web site will display the information sent to the media around 5:00 a.m.
As a parent, you may decide to keep your child or children at home if you feel it’s not safe to make the trip to school. You are in the best position to decide about your local conditions and your child’s judgment and driving capabilities.
While we go to extensive measures to determine if roads district-wide are safe for travel, it’s physically impossible for us to be on every street corner and side street at all times. We rely on you to be the final judge when it comes to the safety of your child.
Bus Snow Routes
View the inclement weather Snow Routes 2021.